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11 announcements from Google for Indonesia11 announcements from Google for IndonesiaManaging Director

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 11:39:00 +0000

We had a big day today in Jakarta, where we hosted the second annual Google for Indonesia event. From Google Station to YouTube Go, here’s a quick recap of the things we announced to make the internet more useful and relevant for Indonesians.  Product features YouTube Go lets you preview videos and choose their file size before saving it offline to watch later 1. Google Station: To help improve access to the internet, we’re bringing Google Station to Indonesia in partnership with FiberStar and CBN. Our partners will roll out fast and reliable Wi-Fi hotspots at hundreds of venues across Java and Bali over the next year.2. YouTube Go: YouTube’s new mobile app YouTube Go is coming to Indonesia soon. It will help Indonesian YouTube fans save and watch videos smoothly in poor connectivity. It’ll also give them transparency and control over how much data they consume on videos by letting them preview videos first and choose the video’s file size before saving it offline to watch later. Google Assistant in Bahasa Indonesia 3. Google Assistant in Bahasa Indonesia: Starting today, you can chat with and get answers from the Google Assistant in Bahasa Indonesia in the Allo messaging app. The Google Assistant is Google’s smart virtual assistant, powered by machine learning, that lets you have a conversation with Google to get things done. Allo is available on Google Play and Apple’s App Store. 4. Shortcuts in Search: We’ll soon be adding tappable shortcuts to the Google Search mobile app to help Indonesians more easily explore popular topics like food and drinks, movie showtimes and directions home.  5. Health Answers: Indonesia is one of the first countries where we’ll launch locally-tailored  answers to questions about health on Google Search later this year. We’re partnering with Mitra Keluarga hospitals to detail common symptoms and treatments for Indonesia’s  700 most prevalent health conditions––all in Bahasa. Waze has a new routing feature to make it easy to follow the odd-even policy 6. Waze updates: Waze is introducing a new routing feature based on the last number of  license plates that will help Jakarta drivers easily follow the regulations of the odd-even policy that reduces traffic congestion. Waze also will add hands-free Bahasa voice commands and Bahasa navigation with street names, as well as Indonesian voices suite so Indonesians can record their own voice on Waze, and use it as their navigation voice on the road. Digital training and empowerment programs 7. 25,000 developers trained: We’ve now trained 25,000 app developers through online courses and Indonesia Android Kejar workshops in six cities—putting us on track to train 100,000 Android developers by 2020. We’ve also trained more than one hundred faculty at 80 universities, who plan to implement the Android Developer Fundamentals course over the next year, reaching as many as 10,000 students.8. Primer: We’re working with entrepreneurs in a few ways. We’re launching Primer, a free app to help any Indonesian entrepreneur start, build and grow their business. 24 lessons are available now in Bahasa Indonesia on topics like how to create a business and sell products or services online, as well as the power of digital marketing. More lessons will be added over time and the app can be used offline.9. Gapura Digital: Google’s program for bringing more small businesses online, Gapura Digital, has already seen more than 4,500 people sign up for classes in the first three months in seven cities.10. Womenwill: Google’s program for empowering women entrepreneurs, has brought together over 7,000 women across five cities[...]



Unlock the Truth with Peter Dinklage in Sci-Fi Mystery REMEMORY on Google PlayUnlock the Truth with Peter Dinklage in Sci-Fi Mystery REMEMORY on Google PlayPartner Manager

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0000

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Does the mind forget things for a reason?

Peter Dinklage takes a break from playing the Game of Thrones  in the sci-fi mystery film REMEMORYavailable for free today exclusively on Google Play, before heading into select theatres on September 8.

When a scientist is found dead shortly after unveiling his newest invention—a device that  extracts, records and plays a person’s memories—Sam Bloom (Peter Dinklage) steals the machine to solve the mystery, beginning an investigation of memories that lead him to unexpected and dangerous places.

Directed by Mark Palansky, the film also stars Julia Ormond, Martin Donovan, Henry Ian Cusick, Evelyne Brochu and the late Anton Yelchin.

Head to Google Play to see what he finds.

(image) Featuring Peter Dinklage, sci-fi mystery film REMEMORY that is available for free today exclusively on Google Play.


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Learning more about clinical depression with the PHQ-9 questionnaireLearning more about clinical depression with the PHQ-9 questionnaireJ.D., Chief Executive Officer, National Alliance on Mental Illness

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:00:00 +0000

Editor’s note:

Now when you search for "clinical depression" on Google on mobile, you'll see a Knowledge Panel that will give you the option to tap “check if you’re clinically depressed”, which will bring you to PHQ-9, a clinically validated screening questionnaire to test what your likely level of depression may be. To ensure that the information shared in the PHQ-9 questionnaire is accurate and useful, we have partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness on this announcement. Please see a guest post from them below.

Clinical depression is a very common condition—in fact, approximately one in five Americans experience an episode in their lifetime. However, despite its prevalence, only about 50 percent of people who suffer from depression actually receive treatment. To help raise awareness of this condition, we’ve teamed up with Google to help provide more direct access to tools and information to people who may be suffering.

You may have noticed that in Google search results, when you search for depression or clinical depression in the U.S., you see a Knowledge Panel for the condition which provides general information about it, the symptoms, and possible treatment options. Today PHQ-9, a clinically validated screening questionnaire which can help identify levels of depressive symptoms is also available directly from the search result. By tapping “Check if you’re clinically depressed,” you can take this private self-assessment to help determine your level of depression and the need for an in-person evaluation. The results of the PHQ-9 can help you have a more informed conversation with your doctor.

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Mental health professionals often refer to major depressive disorder as clinically significant depression or clinical depression. Clinical depression is a treatable condition which can impact many aspects of  a person's life. The PHQ-9 can be the first step to getting a proper diagnosis.

Statistics show that those who have symptoms of depression experience an average of a 6-8 year delay in getting treatment after the onset of symptoms. We believe that awareness of depression can help empower and educate you, enabling quicker access to treatment. And while this tool can help, it’s important to note that PHQ-9 is not meant to act as a singular tool for diagnosis.

We hope that by making this information available on Google, more people will become aware of depression and seek treatment to recover and improve their quality of life.

For more information about depression, you can explore our website.

(image) To help people learn more about clinical depression and have more informed conversations with their doctors, people can now access the PHQ-9 questionnaire on Google. PHQ-9 is a clinically validated screening questionnaire to help assess what your level of depression may be.



Shop Walmart and more of your favorite stores, fasterShop Walmart and more of your favorite stores, fasterSenior Vice President

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:01:00 +0000

Shopping isn't always as easy as it should be. When was the last time you needed to pick up something from the store but didn’t have the time to make the trip? Or you went to the store only to realize they didn’t have the brand you wanted? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get what you want, however you want, from the stores where you already shop? We launched Google Express and shopping on the Google Assistant to do just that: make it faster and easier for you to shop your stores like Costco, Target and now Walmart.

Welcome Walmart

We’re entering an exciting partnership with Walmart to bring you hundreds of thousands of products at Walmart’s Every Day Low Prices—everything from laundry detergent to Legos—that you can buy through voice with your Assistant on Google Home or on the Google Express website or app.

If you’re an existing Walmart customer, you can choose to link your Walmart account to Google and receive personalized shopping results based on your online and in-store Walmart purchases.  For example, if you order Tide PODS or Gatorade, your Google Assistant will let you know which size and type you previously ordered from Walmart, making it easy for you to buy the right product again.

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We’re thrilled to partner with one of the most popular stores in America to help make your shopping faster and easier. Walmart will be launching on Google Express in late-September and if you want to be notified when they join, let us know.

Free and Fast Delivery

Starting today, we’re offering free delivery on Google Express as long as your order is above each store’s minimum. There’s no membership required so no matter how you shop—through voice with your Google Assistant or on the website or mobile app—you’ll get free delivery within one to three days. We’re just getting started, and there will be lots more exciting experiences to come, so stay tuned.

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Dance Tonite, an ever-changing VR collaboration by LCD Soundsystem and fansDance Tonite, an ever-changing VR collaboration by LCD Soundsystem and fans

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Sometimes beautiful things happen when worlds collide. In 2002, LCD Soundsystem mashed together electronic dance music and punk rock—an unlikely pairing that brought fun and humanity to two genres that had moved away from their experimental beginnings. I’ve always admired the band’s combination of minimalism, honesty, and contagious energy—and today I’m pleased to introduce Dance Tonite, a VR collaboration celebrating LCD Soundsystem’s latest single, “Tonite.” Dance Tonite takes an exuberant, unexpected approach to virtual reality. It’s a dance party. And it’s also a dance viewing party. In it, you go from room to room experiencing a series of dance performances created entirely by fans. All choreography was recorded using room-scale VR setups, which use headset and controller tracking to reflect your physical movements in your virtual environment. Instead of just mirroring your movements, we turn your room-scale VR kit into a DIY motion capture tool; if you have one, you can add your own moves to the party.This video might help to explain. Individual performers in Dance Tonite are represented by simple moving objects—just a cone and two cylinders. Even though they’re all represented by the same basic shapes, the experience captures the idiosyncrasies of each person's movements. The constraints encourage creativity and diversity, while the overall experience expands and changes with each new contribution. Dance Tonite was designed to work across different devices. If you have Daydream View, you’re on stage watching the performance move around you. If you happen to have a room-scale VR headset, go on and add your moves to the experience. And if you don’t have a VR headset, not to worry. You can still watch the experience from a bird's-eye view with the ability to click on any performer's head to see it from their perspective. Dance Tonite uses WebVR, a new open standard that brings high-quality VR content to the web. That means that you can enter the experience through a single URL–no apps or downloads needed. As developers, we were able to create a scalable experience using web infrastructure and a single codebase. Dance Tonite was directed by artists Jonathan Puckey and Moniker, in collaboration with the Data Arts Team— a specialized group within Google exploring the ongoing dialog between artists and emerging technologies. If you’d like to learn more about how this project was made, we’ve released the code open source. You can also read about our process and learnings using an experimental technology (WebVR) in a new medium (VR). See you at Dance Tonite. Remember to dance like nobody’s watching.**Millions of people are watching.[...]Everyone is invited to watch and take part in LCD Soundsystem’s VR debut. You can experience Dance Tonite on your phone or computer, with or without a VR headset.


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Introducing Chrome EnterpriseIntroducing Chrome EnterpriseProduct Manager

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Since we launched Chrome OS in 2009, our goal has been to build the simplest, fastest, and most secure operating system possible. And we’ve been inspired by all the ways we’ve seen businesses embrace Chrome, from Chromebooks in the office, to shared Chrome devices in the field, to signage and kiosks for customer engagement in retail. But with so many different business needs—not to mention so many different devices—companies have also told us they want a single, cost-effective solution that gives them the flexibility and control to keep their employees connected. That’s why today we’re announcing Chrome Enterprise.Chrome Enterprise offers a host of features, including access to enterprise app storefronts,  deep security controls, 24/7 support, as well as integration with cloud and on-premise management tools, VMware Workspace ONE and MicrosoftⓇ Active DirectoryⓇ. We invite you to join our Chrome Enterprise webinar on August 23 to learn more and take part in our live Q&A.Here’s a little more on what the new Chrome Enterprise license will offer. On-premise infrastructure integrationBusinesses not yet ready for a cloud-only solution have wanted to manage Chrome OS with the on-premise identity and management systems they’re already using. To help, Chrome Enterprise is now fully compatible with on-premise infrastructure through MicrosoftⓇ Active DirectoryⓇ. This integration allows employees to use their native credentials to authenticate across devices and Google Cloud Services like Google Play while centralizing management of user and device policies for IT admins.We’ve also simplified our on-premise integration trials so admins can sign up and get going quickly in under two minutes with our new simple setup flows. Unified endpoint managementWe know IT admins face the challenge of managing a broad range of devices in today’s business landscape. And it’s critical to have the power to manage all devices using a single unified endpoint management solution. Which is why Chrome Enterprise now gives customers the ability to manage all their Chrome devices from a single management solution.VMware Workspace ONE powered by VMware AirWatch will be the first third party solution provider to manage Chrome devices. Workspace ONE will provide a centralized approach to managing corporate-owned or bring-your-own device. This collaboration combines the speed, simplicity and security of Chrome with the cloud-based unified endpoint management of VMware AirWatch.The compatibility of Chrome Enterprise with VMware Workspace ONE will enable organizations to deliver device policies using customizable assignment of groups based on geography, device platform, department, role, and more – simplifying policy enforcement across the company. Building on previously released integrations of Workspace ONE with Chrome OS, IT admins can also provide employees with access to all enterprise applications – cloud, web, native Android, virtual Windows – from a single app catalog to deliver a consistent experience to employees anywhere, anytime, on any device. Chrome device users can even access full Windows desktops and applications, helping to accelerate the adoption of Chrome devices in the enterprise.“The consumerization of the enterprise has left IT managing multiple operating systems on a variety of devices—some provided by the business and others brought in by employees. As Chrome OS continues to gain momentum, our customers are eager to manage these devices consistently along with all other endpoints including mobile devices,” explains Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware.“Using Workspace ONE, our customers will be able to securely manage the lifecycle of Chromebooks along [...]


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Android Oreo superpowers, coming to a device near youAndroid Oreo superpowers, coming to a device near youVP of Product Management

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:50:00 +0000

Today, we are officially introducing Android 8.0 Oreo, the latest release of the platform–and it’s smarter, faster and more powerful than ever. It comes with new features like picture-in-picture and Autofill to help you navigate tasks seamlessly. Plus, it’s got stronger security protections and speed improvements that keep you safe and moving at lightspeed. When you’re on your next adventure, Android Oreo is the superhero to have by your side (or in your pocket!). Android Oreo, to the rescue!Ever try checking your schedule while staying on a video call?  Android Oreo makes it easy with picture-in-picture, letting you see two apps at once: it's like having the power to be in two places at the same time! Overwhelmed by notifications, but missing the ones you care about the most? With Android Oreo, notification dots let you tap to see what's new in your apps -- like the important ones you put on your homescreen -- and then take action on those notifications quickly. Android 8.0 Oreo: Picture-in-picture, Notification dots Emoji in Android Oreo: a fully redesigned emoji set, including over 60 new emoji Four Android Oreo superpowers to the rescue: Powerful, Secure, Fast, Smart & Seamless Android Oreo Evildoers trying to get bad software onto your device? Android Oreo is more secure with Google Play Protect built in, security status front and center in settings, and tighter app install controls.  Battery depleted and still galaxies away from a charger? Been there, too. Android Oreo helps minimize unintentional overuse of battery from apps in the background;  these limits keep your battery going longer.Supersonic speedWhen you’re on the go, speed is perhaps the most important superpower. With Android Oreo, you can get started on tasks more quickly than ever with a faster boot speed (up to twice as fast on Pixel, in fact). Once you’re powered up, Autofill on Android Oreo remembers things like logins (with your permission) to quickly get you into your favorite apps. Plus, support for Android Instant Apps means you can teleport directly into new apps, no installation needed. League of extraordinary emojisEven superheroes don’t go it alone. Android Oreo brings along a team of fully-redesigned emojis, including new emoji to help save the day like: Coming to a device near youWe're pushing the sources to Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for everyone to access today. Pixel and Nexus 5X/6P builds have entered carrier testing, and we expect to start rolling out in phases soon, alongside Pixel C and Nexus Player. We’ve als[...]


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Must be the Music on Google HomeMust be the Music on Google Home

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Finding and listening to your favorite music is one of the most popular things to do with the Assistant on Google Home. It’s always been a great speaker—and now it plays more tunes with new services from Deezer and Spotify, along with cool new ways to play and find your favorite music.

First on the mic is Spotify Free— rolling out this week in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, France and Germany you can add a Spotify Free account to your Google Home. It’s easy to sign up and you can do it right in the Google Home app. With a simple “Ok Google, play Today’s Top Hits” you’re off to explore fresh jams and deep cuts.

Next up, your music. Do you have tons of songs on your phone? Don’t fret, with Bluetooth® Audio you can now stream your favorite songs from your Android phone, iPhone or other Bluetooth-enabled devices. It’s a great way to enjoy even more music on Google Home.

You can also get help from your Google Assistant when you’re looking for just the right tune, and you can have fun doing it. Try this: describe your favorite album artwork, maybe the one with the baby in the water or the four guys walking across the street in London. Or maybe you only remember a few of the lyrics of a song. Just say “Ok Google” and then share what you do know. Either way, your Assistant can name that tune and start playing it.

And Google Home has a multi-room feature, letting you enjoy the same song in every room by grouping any combination of Google Homes, Chromecast Audio or Chromecast built-in speakers together.

Google Home users in Germany and France are already using Deezer, and pretty soon those of you in the US, UK and Canada will have that option too. In addition to Deezer and Spotify, you can stream music from Google Play Music, Pandora, YouTube Music and 100+ Google Cast-enabled audio apps.

So keep the songs pumping on your Google Home, and tune in for more new cool features from the Assistant on Google Home soon...

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Chin up, the Great American Eclipse is today!Chin up, the Great American Eclipse is today!Doodle Manager

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0000

For the first time in 99 years, today people across the continental US will be able to see a total solar eclipse. The eclipse will be partially visible across a large swath of the United States, while those in the 70 mile wide “path of totality” stretching from Oregon to South Carolina will be able to see the moon completely cover the sun. Whether it’s been on your calendar for years or you’ve been in the dark until now...we hope our special content (and tips!) give you a sliver of insight.

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Today’s Great American Eclipse Doodle introduces you to some very playful alien creatures who seem to be having quite a bit of fun today. Doodle artist Gerben Steenks considered many ideas—from anthropomorphic cameras to nocturnal bats and owls—to introduce our eclipse event to users. But he finally settled on an astronomy-loving space traveler who delights in guiding Earthlings in their understanding of stellar events.

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To learn more about solar eclipse science, click through the Doodle to Google Search and get some fun facts courtesy of our out-of-this-world friends. You can learn about a crowd-sourced photo project to capture images of the eclipse as it traverses North America, and even follow NASA’s livestreaming video of the event — which, if you don’t have eclipse glasses or a pinhole camera, is a good way to watch the magic and avoid damaging your eyes.

Before, during, and after the eclipse, NASA will be sharing information with posts right in Search results. So if your neck is tired staring up at the sky, just tilt it back down, take off your eclipse glasses, and pull out your phone for some updates.

Now in the words of Bonnie Tyler, “turnaround, bright eyes”...it’s time!

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Video previews help you find what you’re looking for even fasterVideo previews help you find what you’re looking for even fasterProduct Manager

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:00:00 +0000

We’re always looking for ways to help you find information faster and easier. That’s why when you look up “NBA draft recap,” for example, you’ve always seen short text snippets for each result. These text snippets help give you a snapshot of the site's content, making it easier to decide whether you’d like to click through to read more. For videos, we have traditionally shown a static image thumbnail in search results. But as more information moves to video, we’re working on new ways to give you useful glimpses, helping you quickly find what you’re looking for across video, too.

Starting today and rolling out more widely next week, on the Google app for Android and Chrome on Android, when video results show up in the video carousel, just like text snippets for text results, you’ll see video previews. So whether you’re trying to learn some new salsa dance steps or you’re stuck on the side of the road trying to change a flat tire, and need a video that uses the tools you have on hand, you now have access to video previews directly in search results, giving you a better idea of what you’re about to watch before you tap.

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By default, previews only play when you’re on a wi-fi connection. To enable previews on mobile networks or to opt out of this feature, visit the settings menu within the Google app or settings for Android Chrome.

A few months back, we introduced video versions of Featured Snippets for quick answers to queries like “how to kickflip”. Video previews is the next step in helping you find information faster. More to come -- but for now, Search on!

(image) Now when you do a search on Google, you’ll get a preview of relevant videos directly in the results, so you have a better idea of what you’re about to watch before you tap.


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Turn around, bright eyes… and experience the total solar eclipse with GoogleTurn around, bright eyes… and experience the total solar eclipse with GoogleEditor-in-Chief

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:15:00 +0000

Move over, blue moon—there’s a more rare astronomical event in town. For the first time since 1979, a total eclipse of the sun is coming to the continental United States this Monday, August 21. Starting on the west coast around 9 a.m., the moon will begin to block the face of the sun. Not long later, the moon will completely cover the sun, leaving only the bright corona visible for as long as two minutes and 40 seconds.Whether you’re traveling to see the “totality,” catching a glimpse of the partial eclipse from another location, or simply curious, Google can help you learn more about this unique moment. Grab your solar glasses and peep what we’ve got in store: Live from the solar eclipseEven if you’re not in the path of the solar eclipse you can tune to YouTube to watch the magic unfold live as it crosses over the U.S. Catch livestreams from NASA, The Weather Channel, Exploratorium, Discovery's Science Channel, and Univision.Sun, moon and Google EarthWith a new Voyager story in Google Earth, you can learn more about the science behind the eclipse. You can also see what it will look like where you live.Futures made of virtual totalityIf you’re not in 70 mile wide path of totality, fret not. Travel to Mt. Jefferson, OR in Google Earth VR (on Rift and Vive) and view it in virtual reality. From the menu, select Total Solar Eclipse to get a view from the center of the action.Lights, camera, astronomical actionWe’re working with UC Berkeley, other partners and volunteer photographers to capture images of the sun’s corona at the moment of totality for use in scientific research. We’re also using our technology to algorithmically align these images into the Eclipse Megamovie, a continuous view of the eclipse. Read about some of the people involved in this project, and stay tuned for the complete Megamovie soon after the eclipse on https://eclipsemega.movie.It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Android O!People worldwide have explained solar eclipses through the lens of myth and legend for centuries. This year, there’s a new supernatural being whose identity will be revealed as the sun and the moon do their celestial dance. Get ready to meet Android O at android.com/o.While a solar eclipse is a pretty rare astrological event, don’t worry it’s not too early to start planning for the next one passing over the United States on October 14, 2023. You can always set a Google Calendar reminder to make sure you don’t forget.Whether you’re traveling to see the “totality,” catching a glimpse from another location, or simply curious, Google can help you learn more about Monday’s total solar eclipse.[...]


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A new machine learning app for reporting on hate in AmericaA new machine learning app for reporting on hate in AmericaData Editor

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000

Hate crimes in America have historically been difficult to track since there is very little official data collected. What data does exist is incomplete and not very useful for reporters keen to learn more. This led ProPublica — with the support of the Google News Lab — to form Documenting Hate earlier this year, a collaborative reporting project that aims to create a national database for hate crimes by collecting and categorizing news stories related to hate crime attacks and abuses from across the country.Now, with ProPublica, we are launching a new machine learning tool to help journalists covering hate news leverage this data in their reporting.The Documenting Hate News Index — built by the Google News Lab, data visualization studio Pitch Interactive and ProPublica — takes a raw feed of Google News articles from the past six months and uses the Google Cloud Natural Language API to create a visual tool to help reporters find news happening across the country. It’s a constantly-updating snapshot of data from this year, one which is valuable as a starting point to reporting on this area of news.The Documenting Hate project launched in response to the lack of national data on hate crimes. While the FBI is required by law to collect data about hate crimes, the data is incomplete because local jurisdictions aren't required to report incidents up to the federal government.All of which underlines the value of the Documenting Hate Project, which is powered by a number of different news organisations and journalists who collect and verify reports of hate crimes and events. Documenting Hate is informed by both reports from members of the public and raw Google News data of stories from across the nation.The new Index will help make this data easier to understand and visualize.  It is one of the first visualisations to use machine learning to generate its content using the Google Natural Language API, which analyses text and extracts information about people, places, and events. In this case, it helps reporters by digging out locations, names and other useful data from the 3,000-plus news reports. The feed is updated every day, and goes back to February 2017.The feed is generated from news articles that cover events suggestive of hate crime, bias or abuse — such as anti-semitic graffiti or local court reports about incidents. We’re also monitoring the feed to ensure that errant stories don’t slip in; i.e., searches for phrases that just include the word ‘hate’. (This hasn’t happened yet but we will continue to pay close attention.)The Documenting Hate coalition of reporters has already covered a number of stories on this area, including an examination of white supremacy in Charlottesville, racist graffiti, aggression at a concert in Columbus, Ohio and the disturbing rise of hate incidents in schools.Users of the app can filter the reports by searching for a keyword in the search box or by clicking on algorithmically-generated keywords. They can also see reports by date by clicking ‘calendar’. The Hate News Index is available now and we will be developing it further over the next few months as we see how journalists use it day to day to unearth these stories of hate and help collate a national database to monitor.The ProPublica-led coalition includes The Google News Lab, Univision News, the New York Times, WNYC, BuzzFeed News, First Draft, Meedan, New America Media, The Root, Latino USA, The Advocate, 100 Days in Appalachia and Ushahidi. The coalition is also working with civil-rights groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, and school[...]


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#teampixel, unique in every way.#teampixel, unique in every way.

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:45:00 +0000

There is no theme for this week’s #teampixel feature, instead, the common thread binding them together is that each photo is unique. We’re continually impressed by our community’s work that transports us to faraway lands and different civilizations, allowing us to see the world through someone else’s eyes. So this week, let’s celebrate their diversity, and how together...we are better.Show #teampixel some love by visiting the feed and like their photos. Who knows -- you might even make a new connection. ;) Left: A Pacific Northwest at Crescent Lake by @John.z.wang. Right: Cathedral Caves in New Zealand by @mathuraaa. Picturesque Peyto Lake in Canada by @dunaril. Left: A bee’s eye view by @ferydaboss. Right: An inviting path in the Outwoods by robcheeseman19. Hawa Mahal palace in Jaipur, India by @ebitie. Left: We’d sit down for an afternoon snack any time with @theculinarybee. Right: A rainbow colored building in Singapore by @sophiashahaha. Have a Pixel? Upload them to Instagram with #teampixel and you might be featured next.  [...]See what makes #teampixel special in this week’s feature.


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Meet the sixth graders who built a potable water dispenserMeet the sixth graders who built a potable water dispenser

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000

Schools in Latin America and around the world are searching for ways to take student impact beyond the classroom. In Mexico, we wanted to explore how teachers and students are using technology to empower a rising generation of innovative changemakers—and this week, we’re sharing some of the stories we found. Tune into the hashtag #innovarparami to see how education leaders in Latin America are thinking about innovation.For Enrique Cordero, a GEG (Google Educator Groups) teacher and IT administrator, the only thing better than teaching students is the opportunity to learn from them. He believes that children are innate inventors; educators should help students preserve their natural propensity to imagine—and create—the world as it isn’t yet.So he designed a course at the American School of Puebla called “Solving the World’s Problems,” where he asks kids to identify the issues that they see as pressing and challenges them to think up solutions. Field research plays a central role in the course, and during a field trip to a community near the school one day, students heard first-hand accounts about the difficulties that communities face when they lack access to potable water. The field trip inspired Paco and Rodrigo, two of Enrique’s sixth graders, to invent something that could make drinking water accessible to all. They sketched a prototype on their computers and worked with Enrique to bring it to life. Their design has evolved into a water distiller that they aspire to install in under-served neighborhoods around the globe. Most people ask what world what we’re leaving for our kids. I ask what kids we’re leaving for our world. Enrique The diverse approaches to inventing and problem-solving that Enrique sees in the classroom have cemented his belief that Paco and Rodrigo are just two of the thousands of students well-positioned to dream up and build a better future. To Enrique, innovation means “planting a grain of sand in your students’ minds, and helping them turn that little grain into something amazing.” Follow the hashtag #innovarparami to see how other people are defining—and cultivating—innovation. Enrique coaches students through a brainstorm during his Innovation Class. [...]Enrique Cordero designed a course at the American School of Puebla called “Solving the World’s Problems,” where he asks kids to identify pressing issues, and challenges them to think up solutions.


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“Ok Google, tell me a joke”“Ok Google, tell me a joke”The Google Assistant Team

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:00:00 +0000

What did one snowman say to the other?

Do you smell carrots?

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It’s National Joke Day, and your cheesy, mostly funny Assistant has a few jokes up its sleeve. Here are a couple of our favorites:

  • You: “Ok Google, tell me a joke.”
  • Google Assistant: “One joke, coming up! What is a sea monster’s favorite snack? Ships and dip.” 🛳

Not your speed? What about…

  • You: “Ok Google, tell me a joke.”
  • Google Assistant: “This might make you laugh. How do robots eat guacamole? With computer chips.”

So head outside—“Ok Google, comedy shows nearby”—or take a seat—“Ok Google, tell me a joke”—and cue the laugh track.

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Get on the same page: new Google Docs features power team collaborationGet on the same page: new Google Docs features power team collaborationProduct Manager

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Getting people on the same page for a project can be tough. It requires managing a ton of opinions and suggestions. The last thing you should have to worry about is making sure your team is literally working on the same document. That’s why we built our powerful real-time editing tools to help with this—Google Docs, Sheets and Slides—so that teams can work together at the same time, using the most up-to-date version.Today, we're introducing new updates to better help with "version control," to customize tools for your workflows, and to help teams locate information when they need it.Track changes, make progressIt can take dozens of edits to make a document just right—especially a legal agreement, project proposal or research paper. These new updates in Docs let you more easily track your team’s changes. Now, your team can:Name versions of a Doc, Sheet or Slide. Being able to assign custom names to versions of your document is a great way to keep a historical record of your team's progress. It's also helpful for communicating when a document is actually final. You can organize and track your team’s changes in one place under “Version history” (formerly known as “Revision history”) on the web. Select File > Version history > Name current version. For even quicker recall, there’s an option to select “Only show named versions” in Docs, Sheets or Slides. Preview “clean versions” of Docs to see what your Doc looks like without comments or suggested edits. Select Tools > Review suggested edits > Preview accept all OR Preview reject all.Accept or reject all edit suggestions at once in your Doc so your team doesn’t have to review every single punctuation mark or formatting update. Select Tools > Review suggested edits > Accept all OR Reject all.Suggest changes in a Doc from an Android, iPhone or iPad device. Click the three dots menu in the top right of your Doc screen to suggest edits on-the-go. Turn on the “Suggest changes” toggle and start typing in “suggestion mode.”Compare documents and review redlines instantly with Litera Change-Pro or Workshare Add-ons in Docs. Here's a quick way to preview and accept all changes (or reject them) and name versions of your document Use new templates, add-on time-saving functionalityTeams use templates in Docs and Sheets to save time on formatting. At the same time, developers are building add-ons to customize functionality. We thought, why not bring these two together? That’s why today, we’re introducing new templates with built-in add-ons and the ability to create your own, so your templates not only look good—but they make sure the work gets done.These templates allow you to customize and deploy tools specific to your organization’s workflows. We’ve launched five examples of this in the general template gallery, like the new Mutual Non-disclosure agreement (NDA) template from LegalZoom and DocuSign. With this template, businesses can quickly create an NDA and collect signatures using the DocuSign Add-on for Docs. Bonus: it also automatically detects the required signature fields on the template, which saves even more time when you request signatures. This is just one of a few new templates—we’ve also worked with Lucidchart, PandaDoc, EasyBib and Supermetrics to help you save time and maximize efficiency throughout your team’s workflows.In addition, you can also create your very own template with built-in Add-on customized to your company’s workflows. For example, create a Sheets template paired with an add-on to gath[...]


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Introducing free calls with your Assistant on Google HomeIntroducing free calls with your Assistant on Google HomeProduct Manager, Google AssistantProduct Manager, Google Home

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Hi, hello, hey, howdy … no matter how you start a call, your Google Assistant is ready to help!  You can already ask your Assistant on your phone to make a call and soon, you'll be able to do the same on Google Home—hands-free—in the U.S. and Canada. Call anyone (at their home, on their mobile or at their office). It’s easy to use, and it’s free. ☎🎉

Busy in the kitchen and in need of help? Just say “Hey Google, call Dad” to ask about that one ingredient you always seem to forget (salt? baking powder? who knows!). Because the Assistant on Google Home recognizes your voice, you’ll reach your dad instead of just any dad.  

In addition to Dad, you can also make free calls to your own personal contacts, as well as millions of businesses across U.S. and Canada.* Calling the bakery on 24th Street, ordering flowers from the nearest florist, and wishing grandma a happy birthday are now as easy as “Hey Google.” We’re starting to roll out Hands-Free Calling on Google Home today to users in the U.S. and Canada. To get started, say “Hey Google, call...” and calls will be made over your Wi-Fi connection.

The recipient will see “Unknown” or “No Caller ID.” By the end of the year, we'll make it possible for your own mobile number to be displayed. However, if you’re a Google Voice or Project Fi user, you can already choose to have the person on the other end see your phone number by going to your Assistant settings accessible in the Google Home app.

So go call your dad, grandma, the bakery, the local florist…whomever you’d like! It’s easier than ever.

*Google Home by default can call businesses and your Google Contacts. Learn more at our Help Center about how your other contacts stored on your phone can also be used on Google Home. Calls to premium rate numbers as well as international numbers outside of the U.S. and Canada are not supported unless you link your Project Fi or Google Voice account, at which point you’ll be billed at the published respective listed rates. Calls to 911 are not supported.

(image) Starting soon, you can make phone calls with your Assistant on Google Home—hands-free—in the US and Canada. Call anyone, it's easy to use and free.


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All your questions answered on Google Maps and SearchAll your questions answered on Google Maps and SearchAssociate Product Manager, Google Maps

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

When deciding where to go and what to do, we often ask ourselves lots of questions before making a decision. Soon, you'll be able to ask those questions, get the answers you need, and even answer other people’s questions about places on Google Maps for Android and mobile Search.

To ask or answer a question—or read the existing questions and answers about a place—simply search for the location on Google Maps or Search and open the local business listing. Then scroll down to the “Question & answers” section where you can add a question, answer someone else’s question, or upvote informative ones by tapping the thumbs up icon. Upvoted questions and answers will appear toward the top of the section so that the most helpful content is most accessible.

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To make sure “Questions & answers” contains the most accurate and useful local info possible, business owners can add frequently asked questions and answers as well. In addition, when you ask a question about a place, we notify the business owner and other in-the-know users to see if they have knowledgeable answers to contribute. When your question is answered, we notify you too.

No matter where you’re headed or what you’re looking to do, Google Maps and Search highlights the information you need to make quick decisions and discover the world around you.

*This feature is rolling out to Google Maps and mobile Search users worldwide. 

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Meet the fifth grader turning water bottles into light bulbs to brighten communitiesMeet the fifth grader turning water bottles into light bulbs to brighten communities

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000

Schools in Latin America and around the world are searching for ways to take student impact beyond the classroom. In Mexico, we wanted to explore how teachers and students are using technology to empower a rising generation of innovative changemakers—and this week, we’re sharing some of the stories we found. Tune into the hashtag #innovarparami to see how education leaders in Latin America are thinking about innovation.Twelve-year-old Bryan Gonzalez was traveling through a neighborhood near his school when the unlit windows of several homes caught his attention. When his parents and teachers explained to him that those homes lacked electricity, he started to search for information about access to lighting in communities in Mexico and around the globe. His research led him to discover that nearly 15 percent of the world’s population lives without light.Believing that every community deserves access to commodities as basic as lighting, Bryan decided to turn his annual school science project into a mission to defeat darkness. With the support of his peers, teachers and parents, Bryan began to brainstorm sustainable, affordable methods to illuminate the world around him.His solution? Converting water bottles into light bulbs! Bryan recently implemented his prototype in the field for the first time, and we captured the experience as he began to install his homemade light bulbs in the very houses that had initially inspired him to take on his project. In the moments after Bryan installed his lightbulbs, community members began to process the impact of Bryan’s invention. Families reflected on the difficulties inherent in relying on candlelight to assist kids with homework, the daily pressure to finish working by sunset because no work could get done in the dark, and what unlit houses and streets meant for the physical safety of children and parents alike. “Things are going to be different now. This 12-year-old boy has changed this family’s life,” said Doña Sofía, a mother and grandmother, as she embraced him. This image was captured just moments after Doña Sofía’s house had lighting for the very first time, thanks to Bryan’s efforts. Seeing his efforts materialize into real-world impact has been extremely gratifying for Bryan, but he knows this is just the beginning. As Bryan sets his eyes on new horizons, he hopes to start inspiring other young people around the world to implement the prototype in homes that lack electricity in their own communities. Your age doesn’t matter. Your idea does. Bryan Bryan’s definition of innovation is “finding creative ways to help a community solve their problems.” Follow the hashtag #innovarparami to see how other people are defining—and cultivating—innovation.[...]Believing that every community deserves access to commodities as basic as lighting, 12-year-old Bryan decided to turn his annual school science project into a mission to defeat darkness.


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There’s no place like home, in Google EarthThere’s no place like home, in Google EarthProgram Manager

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000

When you opened Google Earth for the very first time, where did you go? For most people there's a common destination: Home. The definition of "home" changes by country, culture and climate. So as part of the relaunch of Google Earth back in April, we introduced This is Home, an interactive tour to five traditional homes around the world. You could step inside the colorful home of Kancha Sherpa in Nepal, or head to the desert and learn how an extended drought changed the lives of the Bedouin people. Since then, we’ve traveled to dozens more homes across six continents and today we’re bringing 22 new homes and cultures to explore in Google Earth. This is Ngaramat Loongito, Kenya, home to a Maasai community. Photo courtesy of Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust Start with a Torajan home, built to withstand Indonesia’s wet season. Then head to Fujian Province, China, to peek inside the immense walls the Hakka people built to keep away bandits, beasts and warlords. See the shape-shifting yurt homes Mongolian country-dwellers use to move where their herds roam. Visit a village on Madagascar’s southwest coast where the Vezo people live off the third largest coral reef system in the world. Finally, see how a Paiwan shaman has integrated her spirituality into the walls of her home in Taiwan. To tell these stories, we worked with partners and communities to digitally preserve homes of different cultures in Street View. Many of these homes belong to indigenous people, such as The Garasia people of India, the Chatino people of Mexico, the Torajan people of Indonesia, and the Māori people of New Zealand. Their homes represent their unique cultural identity and ways of relating to the environment. This is Emchiin Uveljee, Mongolia. Family member Buyansanaa stands amidst a sea of livestock outside their yurt home, built to fit with their nomadic lifestyle. This is Sanikiluaq, Canada. Inuit educator, Lisi Kavik, stands outside the community’s learning igloo, where she shares stories and traditions from her ancestors. When built correctly, an igloo can support the weight of a person standing on the roof. This is Tjuvecekadan, Taiwan: Tjuku, the community’s shaman, stands outside her home made from the local slate stones. [...]


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